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Inside VR & AR (Jan 12th, 2018)

Huawei showed off its upcoming VR2 headset at CES 2018. The next iteration of the company's VR headset doesn't have a release date or price yet, but reviewers had a chance to demo it at the show. It's not a true standalone headset, and connects to a phone, tablet or even a PC via USB-C, but it is the only IMAX-certified headset. The VR2 has 3K resolution of 1,600 x 1,440 per eye and a 90Hz refresh rate. The device is compatible with Steam and Google Daydream content, and Huawei is also building its own library of content. — TECHRADAR

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The cloud video processing company NGCodec raised $8 million in a Series A funding round. This brings the company's total funding to more than $15 million. The latest funding round was led by Belmore Capital, Xilinx and the National Science Foundation. Founded in 2012, the California-based company develops compressor-decompressor technology for low latency, high-quality video encoding. Most recently NGCodec created "Reality Codec" for cloud-rendered VR applications that deliver the same performance as a PC. — ROADTOVR

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Boxer Floyd Mayweather has released a new VR fitness training experience. The Mayweather Boxing + Fitness Virtual Reality was exhibited at CES 2018. The experience consists of a 12-week training regimen with a Mayweather avatar at various virtual locations where users work out on speed bags, jump rope, and learn jabs and uppercuts. The app uses the HTC Vive headset and monitors the intensity and speed of the user's moves and overall progression. For now, the experience is only accessible at affiliated Mayweather Boxing + Fitness tech-enabled gyms and will debut in Los Angeles later this month. — VRSCOUT

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Kopin has produced a second generation of its Solos smartglasses and a new 2K OLED microdisplay for high resolution VR. Kopin is one of the world's largest microdisplay companies but is less well known because it has primarily fulfilled military contracts. The Solos smartglasses for cyclists was one of its early consumer products, and the next generation of the glasses (seen at CES 2018) have integrated audio and voice control. Kopin also exhibited its 2K OLED microdisplay, which is so small and with such high resolution that it could reduce the size of VR headsets by 40 percent. — DIGITAL TRENDS

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Sense Arena is offering VR sports training to amateur athletes. The startup is based in the Czech Republic and has created an interactive VR platform to train, measure, and analyze athletic performance. Other sports training companies such as Eon Sports VR and STRIVR cater to professional athletes, but Sense Arena is geared toward youth or amateur sports and has products from $200 to $2,000 per month. — ZDNET

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Kolibree announced a new AR toothbrush for kids at CES 2018. The French company's device is paired with a motion-tracking app and has 15 different games, featuring pirates, princesses, monsters, and other characters. The "Magik" toothbrush app also offers guidance and tips about how to brush effectively. This is the second smart toothbrush Kolibree has developed — the company released Ara, a toothbrush that uses AI to track and promote oral health, in early 2017.  — MASHABLE

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